Re: Years in which two players reached SF in all slams?
I guess the starting point is to list the players who reached 4 subsequent GS semifinals. Here is the list since the beginning of the Open era:
Andre Agassi, F99-A00 (WFWW)
Boris Becker, W90-W91 (5 tournaments, FSWSF)
Jim Courier, U92-W93 (SWFF)
Novak Djokovic, F07-F08 (5 tournaments, SSFWS)
Roger Federer, W04-U08 (18 tournaments, WWSSWWWFWWWFWWSFF?)
Rod Laver, A69-U69 (WWWW)
Ivan Lendl, W83-U84 (6 tournaments, SFFWSF)
Ivan Lendl, U85-A88 (10 tournaments, WSWFWSWFWS)
John McEnroe, A83-U84 (SFWW)
Rafael Nadal, A08-U08 (SWW?)
Tony Roche, A69-U69 (SSSF)
Dominant players like Borg or Connors rarely played the Aussie Open in the late 70s/early 80s and therefore missed out on a complete semifinal sweep. But interestingly, also Pete Sampras never managed to put 4 consecutive semifinals together, and neither did Wilander or Edberg.
As for the original question, there have been one other case of 2 players reching all semis in a calender year: Rod Laver and Tony Roche in 1969
[John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl reached all 4 semis from the December 83 Aussie Open to the US Open 84; with today's Aussie Open timing this would also have made for a full calendar year]
Current sanyaku ranked players:
Yokozuna: Roger Federer (Dai-Y), Rafael Nadal (Dai-Y), Novak Djokovic (Dai-Y), Andy Murray
Ozeki: Stan Wawrinka
Sekiwake: Milos Raonic
Komusubi: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (ex-Sekiwake), Grigor Dimitrov
Active ex-sanyaku-ranked players
Ozeki: Berdych, Cilic, Del Potro, Ferrer. Sekiwake: Baghdatis, Haas, Gasquet, Nishikori. Komusubi: Gulbis, Janowicz, Kyrgios, Melzer, Pouille, Robredo, Thiem, Verdasco, Youzhny.
Last edited by Henry Kaspar; 09-05-2008 at 05:16 AM.